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$50,000 buys city new revenue stream/saves 'critical' service

$50,000 buys city new revenue stream/saves 'critical' service

A new agreement with the Southeast Fire Centre will see the city spending roughly $50,000 initially – but recouping the loss over the term of the agreement and creating a new revenue stream for the city while ensuring the city's continuing role as the operations base for an important regional service.

City illuminates both process and walkway

City illuminates both process and walkway

As the city budget process gets into full swing, a public question at city council’s regular meeting Monday night has the city illuminating both the decision-making process and the Millennium Walkway for residents.

A question regarding repair of the Millennium Walkway lights (roughly one in every three lamps needs fixing on the south leg of the pathway after catastrophic floodwaters two years ago shorted the electrical systems – four or five in total) prompted Councillor Florio Vassilakakis to explain why the city is exploring solar versus LED alternatives.

Former Cranbook Mayor, Wayne Stetski seeks NDP nomination for Kootenay-Columbia riding

Wayne Stetski . . .Stephen Harper’s record is embarrassing for Canadians.

There’s a third candidate for the new Kootenay-Columbia in the next Federal Election after former Cranbrook Mayor Wayne Stetski announced his intention to run for Member of Parliament.

“Stephen Harper has inflicted serious damage on our country, making it more and more difficult to even recognize the Canada we know and love,” said Stetski.

“Whether it is our reputation on the international stage or our record on protecting the lakes and rivers we love, Stephen Harper’s record is embarrassing for Canadians.”

City Council Notes: $184,000 for NDCC stays on the table for discussions with RDCK

City Council Notes: $184,000 for NDCC stays on the table for discussions with RDCK

Despite the stormy weather outside, it was relatively calm inside City Hall on Monday night. Mayor Kozak and council moved swiftly though a small agenda filled largely with housekeeping items.

OP/ED: MP speaks to Bill C-51

OP/ED: MP speaks to Bill C-51

There has been a great deal in the news over the past few weeks about C-51, the government’s news Anti-Terrorism Act.  It is another one in a series of omnibus bills and contains 62 pages covering everything from expanding the mandate of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) to allowing police to seize terrorist propaganda while making it easier to share information between government departments.

On the surface, it appears fairly clear: we are faced with a terrorist threat.  C-51 will make our country a safer place.

City to increase enforcement of animal bylaws in city parks

City to increase enforcement of animal bylaws in city parks

The city intends to increase its efforts to minimize dog conflicts in all city Parks. Dogs are currently required to be leashed and the city will increase its bylaw enforcement of these regulations and, in certain cases, the city will be levying fines to enforce compliance for the safety of all park users.
The city’s Animal Control and Licensing Bylaw 572 prohibits dogs from being at large in public spaces.

“At large" means:

Luterbach says only cafe to close, alternative education program to continue

Luterbach says only cafe to close, alternative education program to continue

Letter re: closure of Old School Cafe:

In 2010, the school district was looking for a space in Castlegar which would allow us to open an alternate learning opportunity for students not currently attending school due to anxiety challenges. An aspect of the program we wanted to provide was an opportunity for students to interact with the community on an ongoing basis. After looking at a number of locations, we leased a former restaurant space in downtown Castlegar. When we originally envisioned the educational program, it was not our intent to run a restaurant but, once that space was found, we attempted to put a number of components together and try something innovative.

PharmaCare deal for seven drugs saves millions, ensures supply

Some drugs just got cheaper for BC residents.

B.C. residents will be getting the best possible price for seven important prescription medications while ensuring drug supply, out of PharmaCare’s open and fair price submission competition process.

Health Minister Terry Lake announced today that B.C.’s PharmaCare program, through its annual price submission process, has confirmed Accel Pharma, Ranbaxy Canada and Septa Pharmaceuticals will be sole suppliers to PharmaCare for seven generic drugs beginning April 1, 2015.

This sole supply arrangement will save PharmaCare more than $2 million a year.

Comment: Vancouver's campaign spending contagion spreading fast

Votes have been cast and now the spending totals have been tabulated. — The Nelson Daily file photo

The returns are in and some of the 2014 local election campaign spending isn't pretty.

But first a quick peek at some of the spending by the 'distant cousins' that seems to have been lost in the feeding frenzy over those candidate returns.
More than 100 organizations registered with Elections B.C. as third-party sponsors. There were the customary civic-minded groups and others with a bit of self-interest at stake. A few dropped some serious coin.

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